Senator Michael Lee

Michael Lee

Senator Michael Lee

Represents New Hanover (part)

Michael Lee Is a husband, father of four, commercial real estate and land use attorney, and current State Senator for most of New Hanover county. Michael also has served at the County and State level on public board and is a current and former member of numerous nonprofit boards.

Highlights of Michael Lee’s public service and experience, and the track record of successful legislation that Michael will bring back to the NC Senate, can be found below.


Married to Heidi Wooten Lee and together they have four wonderful children; Miles, Sydney, Sam, and Sawyer.

Founded Lee | Kaess, PLLC (formerly Lee Law Firm, PLLC) in 2012, after leaving a large southeastern law firm. Lee | Kaess has expanded to include attorneys in Wilmington, Raleigh and Dallas, Texas, working in commercial real estate, trusts and estates, land use and litigation.

Selected as 2020 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for Commercial Real Estate in Wilmington

Elected to Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite”for 2020

Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. 1991

Attended University of North Carolina Wilmington

Graduate of the Wilmington Leadership Institute

Admitted to Bar in NC and SC



Hunt-Kean Institute ​Education Policy Fellow, 2019

Exceptional Education for Exceptional Children from Parents for Educational Freedom in NC, 2019

First in Teaching: Elevating Educators for Student Success from the Education Innovation Lab, 2018

Leadership Award from the College Board, 2018

Legislative Champion from NC Public School Options, 2018

Appointed to Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children, 2018

Appointed to Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference of State Governments, 2017

Nominated to National Conferences of State Legislators “Legislative Institute on School Choice: The Next Chapter,” 2017

Education All Star Award from Education Freedom Alliance, 2016



North Carolina Port Authority Board of Directors, Chairman

North Carolina Department of Transportation, Board Member​

North Carolina Courts Commission, Member

B-3 Interagency Counsel Member

​Hunt Institute, Board Member (current)

University of North Carolina Wilmington, Board of Trustees (current)

Holshauser Legislative Retreat for the Hunt Institute, Co-Chair (current)

University of North Carolina Wilmington, Adjunct Professor

City of Wilmington, Board of Adjustment

Carousel Center for Abused Children, Board of Directors

NC State Logistics Strategic Planning Subcommittee, Member

National Assembly of Sportmen’s Caucuses